SPIKY Sea Creatures!


– Come on,
come on, come here, I think I got a small animal! – Whaddya got? – I got a seahorse! – What, it’s not a seahorse… – I got a seahorse! – Oh, did you really? – Yeah! – Are you kidding me? – No, look! (dramatic music) (splashing) – As the morning sun rose, it cast a golden glow
over the rolling dunes. Waves crashed upon
the sandy shores, and as they receded
one set at a time, the water levels
dropped, signaling the
arrival of low tide. I could sense
adventure in the air, and as I worked my way
down the shoreline, I looked out across
the Atlantic Ocean, and envisioned the
challenge set before me. Wow! This is beautiful, look at this, you got pelicans
right back here, and today we’re at the
Key Biscane Nature Center, and we’re gonna do something
a little bit different. To catch creatures
today I’m actually gonna bring the crew
out there with me. You guys are actually gonna
put down the main cameras, pick up Go Pros and nets. There’s a lot of water to cover and the more nets we
have in the water, the better chance we have
of finding some creatures. Today’s expedition Beyond the
Tide is a little different, as we will be working
in conjunction with the Biscayne Nature Center. Located on the Northern
end of Crandon Park, this multi-functional center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to
environmental education and citizen participation in the protection of
our natural environment. Using dip-nets, our aim was
to catch native species, and present them in
a controlled setting, before releasing them
back into the wild. We were told that there were many creatures we
could come across, but nothing was more coveted
than the elusive seahorse. So, with nets in the
water, the search was on. (mellow music) – [Mark] Let me
see, what’d you get? – [Mario] We got
a little lobster! – [Mark] Oh my gosh! (lighthearted music) – [Mario] I got a shrimp! What’d you catch, Coyote? Lemme see. – [Coyote] Oh, yeah. – [Mario] Ah
ostraciidae, that’s cool. Yeah, put them in the bucket. – [Mark] Come on, seahorse! – [Mario] We got a pipefish! – [Mark] No way! – [Mario] He was
wiggling right through. – [Mark] Look at that! Oh man, that’s awesome! – We’re one step
closer to a seahorse. – [Mark] Hey, great find. – Same family. – [Mark] Yeah, that was awesome. Look at all those fish! Nice! You’re doin’ great! – [Mario] Ah here’s a cool one. He’s really puffed up. – Oh, man, he’s beautiful. – Know what this is missing? – A seahorse. – Definitely, gotta
catch a seahorse. – [Mark] Coyote. – Yeah? – [Mark] You got
competition, man. – Wow, look at all those kids. They got ’em out here trying
to catch seahorses for us. This is a lot harder
than I thought. I thought we’d catch
lots of seahorses. We’ve gone quite a ways,
covered some serious ground, found all sorts
of cool creatures. We got pipefish, puffer fish, file fish, all fish,
we need a seahorse, which is also
technically a fish. And a horse, I guess,
at the same time. All right, keep searching. – [Mark] Come on,
come on, come here, I think I got a small animal! – Whaddya got? – [Mark] I got a seahorse! – What, it’s not a seahorse… – [Mark] I got a seahorse! – Oh, did you really? – [Mark] Yeah! – Are you kidding me? – [Mark] No, look! – [Coyote] No way! – [Mark] Aw, man, look at that! That is our star animal! – [Coyote] We got it! – [Mark] We got a seahorse! – Wow! You did it! – Yeah! That’s a wrap, folks! We’ll I’d say it’s a
success, we have two buckets full of little sea creatures, but the most important thing
is we caught a seahorse. Yeah! Look at all of
these sea creatures! – [Mark] We did really well! – We did amazing! Considering the fact
we were only out there in the seagrass
for about an hour. Look at all of these creatures! Okay, now we’re not
going to go into detail about all of these animals, but I at least
wanted to take a look and get them up close for
the camera for just a second and then we’re gonna get on
to our star feature creature. Okay, now these are
trunkfish, or cowfish, but because these are so
little, these are babies, they’re actually adorably
referred to as peafish. I mean that is about the cutest
little fish I’ve ever seen. I’m gonna turn him like this. Look at his little face. – [Mark] Look at
his little beak. – He’s got that
little trunk up front, those big, buggy eyes
and obviously it’s that green coloration that gives
them the name peafish. I know, you wanna get
back in the water, here we go, plop! Bloop! There you go. Now those are file
fish. Check that out. They’re very flat,
which I imagine that’s where they get
their name from, filefish, and they have a really distinct
horn on top of their heads. Come here, little fishy. Woah, they’re quick. Woah! He jumped right outta there! See, when you zoom in on
the top of his head there… You see that? That, there you
go, you see that? – [Mark] Yeah. – Keep your focus there. There you go, now
you can see it. Woah, woah, woah, I feel ya. He wants to get
back in the water. There you go. Plopped him right back in there. Now we have to keep all of
these sea creatures in water. You’ll notice that each
and every one of them is I fresh seawater, and
in case you’re wondering, yes they all will be released
back out into the wild once we take a close look. Okay should we
keep it with fish? – [Mark] Yeah let’s
stick with fish. – Okay, which one do you
guys wanna look at next? – [Mark] How about that
spiky one over there? – Oh, yes, the
porcupine puffer fish. Now when we caught
him he was deflated, and as soon as they
get agitated, they
puff up their bodies. They’re incredibly sharp. Let me get him out of here. He’s gonna stay puffed
up until we release him back out into the ocean. And he’s a lot heavier
than you would think, so just keeping him in
the palm of my hand… My fingers are all
wrinkly, you see this, from being in the
ocean water all day, and that makes my fingers
much more susceptible to those spines. He feels like a
little pincushion. Non-venomous, but go ahead, Mark put your hand out there, I’m gonna actually place
it, put your hand flat. – [Mark] Oh, okay. – And tell everybody, he’s
actually heavy, isn’t he? – [Mark] Oh! Yeah, spiky! Yeah, it weighs… So, I’m guessing
that’s not just air. – No, that’s not just air, he’s got water
inside of his body. (squeak) Oh! You hear him squeakin’? He’s squeakin’! Now, when it’s deflated, it
looks like a normal fish, and the coolest defense
about these creatures is that obviously they’re
capable of puffing up into a spiky ball. They’ve actually found
sharks before that have died from eating one of these fish. They get it into their
mouth and then, ppfft! It puffs up like a balloon,
and you can imagine how painful that would be to
have a throat full of spikes. And while your camera’s
down there, Mark, you see this other
fish that we have? That is a scorpionfish. – [Mark] Ooh, sounds bad. – [Coyote] Yeah,
they have spines on their back pectoral fins. I’m not going to pick
it up because if I do I will be stung and
it’s incredibly painful. – [Mark] So is a scorpionfish
at all like an angler fish? I notice it has an appendage
on the front of its mouth. – [Coyote] No, angler
fishes use those appendages of the front of their
faces to lure in prey. These appendages growing
off the scorpionfish are more used for camouflage. They are ocean
floor dwelling fish, and it’s more like
a gobi in the way that it will move
across the bottom, and that’s how people oftentimes
run across these fish. If they’re on the bottom
of the ocean floor, and you’re barefoot
and you’re walking, and you step on this… Yeah, you’re gonna be
in some serious pain. You know who we forgot? – [Mark] The little puffer? – [Coyote] The little
puffer, he’s hiding in there. – [Mark] He’s hiding by the
scorpionfish for protection. – [Coyote] See, he’s clever. Here let me move… This is a little risky here. Oh boy, oh boy. Okay, check this out. This little pufferfish, watch if I just kinda
tickle his belly… Up, up, up, up! Look at that! – [Mark] Is that air or water? – [Coyote] That is air. That is air that he just… That little chirping noise
is him sucking in the air. There you go, up,
up, up, up, up! – [Mark] Let’s see
what else we have. Let’s move on from fish. What else do we
have besides fish? – Let’s look at some
of the crustaceans. Now, I caught this one. This is just a little, tiny
baby, but that is a spider crab. That is a little,
tiny, baby spider crab. – [Mark] Why is it
called a spider crab? – [Coyote] Because of its legs. They look like a spider
when they’re walking. – [Mark] Do those stay
small or do they grow? – No, these grow. They can grow to be
pretty large, actually, I mean, big, huge, huge. – [Mark] No way! – Huge crabs, yeah. – [Mark] But those wouldn’t
be out here in the– – No, they’re out deep. They’re out deep. As they get larger they move
deeper out into the ocean it is a deep sea crab species. – [Mark] So it’s kind of like the seagrass is like
a nursery, right? – [Coyote] Yeah! Well, it provides a lot of
camouflage, a lot of cover, a lot of places to hide for
these smaller creatures, and once they do grow larger, they head out into
deeper waters, specifically
something like this. Check it out. Right here… Woah, come here. – [Mark] What is that? – [Coyote] A little,
baby spiny lobster. See that? Look how tiny he is. – [Mark] Oh my gosh,
look how teeny he is! – Is that the smallest
lobster you’ve ever seen? We’re gonna just put him back, and let’s look at a larger one. Now this one we actually
borrowed from the nature center. Now that is a much
larger spiny lobster, and they get that name
because you can see all the spines on the
antennae, and then of course, these two enormous spines,
right above the eyes there. And running along the back.. Ooh, yeah, that is
also very, very sharp, but the good news for me is
that this lobster species does not have any pinchers. All right. – [Mark] I think there’s
gonna be one more thing on the table until we
get to the grand finale. – Yes, the grand
finale creature. Okay, these are related
to our star creature. These are pipefish. Look at it’s face. Very elongated and that snout is like a little vacuum cleaner, and that’s how they
catch their prey. They suck the prey up
through their mouth, they have a fixed jaw, so they
don’t actually have teeth, they can’t chew, they actually
don’t have stomachs, either. As the food works
through their mouth it just disintegrates
in their body and then they poop it out. – [Mark] That one looks
even more like a seahorse. Oh yeah. – There you go. – [Mark] Cool. – Look at that face. You may be wondering
to yourself, well, “Do they have gills?” Yes, like all fish
they have gills, they do have a skeleton and
then this hard exoskeleton on the outside is
what keeps them rigid and also protects them. – [Mark] Very neat. – I’m gonna put him back down. Okay, if you guys are ready, I know you’ve all been
anticipating the reveal of that little, tiny seahorse that I caught out
there in the seagrass. Now they tell me they only catch about three seahorses a week, so I said we were pretty lucky
to be out there for an hour and actually come
across one of these amazing little creatures. Look at that, it’s tiny, right? This is one of the slowest
fish species in the world. Actually the slowest
is the dwarf seahorse. Now let’s look at
this creature’s head. Notice that long,
tube-like snout. Just like the pipefish
they do not have teeth. That snout works like
a vacuum cleaner, so they’ll hunt around
in crevices of rocks searching for little tiny
shrimp and then, swoosh! They suck the shrimp
in, and have a meal. What’s really cool is
that I can see it’s little pectoral fins
fluttering very quickly, and they use that dorsal fin
on their back as locomotion. Wow, look at that,
just swimmin’ around. I wonder if he can
see his own reflection in the bottom of that– – [Mario] Hey! – Yeah? – [Mario] Look what I got! – [Mark] What is it? – You didn’t catch that! – [Mario] I did not but
one of the students did! – What? – [Mark] Oh, man. – Look at that! – [Mark] Somebody caught a
bigger seahorse than Coyote! – I thought I had the
seahorse of the day! So, if you guys remember,
there might have been some B-roll shots in there of
a bunch of kids out there also with us trying
to catch creatures. There were around
100 of them with nets also looking for
seahorses and sure enough they caught a big one. This is actually perfect
because this will give me the chance to take the
seahorse out of water… Wow! – [Mark] That’s a good one! – Look at that! That’s a great one. – [Mark] A lot darker. – Yeah a lot darker. And, it’s very rigid. They have a very strong
outer exoskeleton and unlike fish they
do not have scales. They have gills, they
have eyes, they have fins, they do not have scales. I’m gonna put it back
down into the water here. Actually I’m gonna put it
in with the little seahorse. – [Mark] Yeah, let’s see
them next to each other. – [Coyote] Yeah, get that
top of there, here we go. – [Mark] Seahorses
live in packs, right? – Yeah, do you know what a
group of seahorses is called? – [Mark] I don’t know. – What do you call
a group of horses? – [Mark] A herd. – A herd, that’s right. A group of seahorses
is called a herd. And do you know what you
call a baby seahorse? – [Mario] A pony? – [Mark] A pony! – No! – [Mark] A colt! – Although it would make sense. Or, no, not colt. A fry! So, imagine a very itty
bitty, tiny seahorse, it’s a small fry, right? – [Mario] Nice. – [Mark] So you
caught a small fry. – [Coyote] I guess, yeah,
I caught a small fry, or maybe mine’s a female
and this one’s a male, that could be the case. Now one of the coolest things about the seahorse
is its eyesight. They have excellent
eyesight and their eyes are actually capable of
working independently from one another, which
means that they can look forward and backward
at the same time. This is what allows them to
be such excellent predators. You look at a creature like
this and you would think “Is that thing really
a great hunter?” And it really is. And they will eat 30
to 50 times a day, so when this creature
wakes up in the morning, basically its function
is to swim slowly and search out food. – [Mark] Do seahorses… Are they known to
hang on to each other? – Yeah, they will. They have an actually a really
incredible courting display. Males and females, they
actually pair for life, if you didn’t know that, which makes them very
unique amongst other fish. In the morning when the
sun’s coming out they will actually dance back
and forth with each other, sometimes that dance can
last for up to two hours. Isn’t that crazy? And then they go about
their day hunting for food, but they do pair for life. So, when we take these
seahorses back out there, we need to make sure
that we let them go right in the same spot
that we found them. – [Mark] Well, we will do that. – And we will certainly do that. Well this was pretty excellent. Spending the day here at
the Biscayne Nature Center getting up close with all of
these amazing sea creatures. The only thing left
to do now is get ’em back out into the ocean. I’m Coyote Peterson,
be brave, stay wild! We’ll see you on
the next adventure. Aww, they’re still
holding tails. Spending time searching
for sea creatures was an educational experience
I will always remember. The coolest part is that this is an adventure
you can go on. To learn how, visit the Biscayne
Nature Center’s website. Become a part of their
conservation effort. If you thought catching sea
creatures in the Atlantic Ocean was exciting, make sure
to go back and watch our adventure to the
Pacific side of Costa Rica, where we got up close with some seriously bizarre
looking animals. And don’t forget, subscribe,
so you can join me and the crew on our next aquatic adventure. Did you see how quickly I
was able to collect them? There are probably
about 60 or 70 of them right in this pocket,
and look at that. You can see ’em so
much better now that they’re in this clear container. (dramatic music) (coyote howling)

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